In our modern, fast-paced lives filled with hectic schedules, finding moments to sit down and connect with grandparents can be a challenge. Yet, allocating time for these cherished interactions not only allows grandchildren to delve into their family history but also build relationships between generations. The most effective means of fostering this connection? Simply spending quality time together.

Here are some ideas on how to break the ice with grandparents, and the types of questions that grandchildren can ask to get to know their grandparents better. You can record these conversations on your phone to capture the memory of these precious moments between grandparent and grandchild.

Family history

1. What do you remember about your parents and grandparents? What are their names and where were they born?

2. How far back can you trace our family tree?

3. Are there any famous or notable people in our family’s history? Who are they, and what are they known for?

4. What are your favourite family heirlooms? What are the stories behind them?

5. What are some of your favourite family traditions?

6. Has there been a family business? If so, what was it?

7. Are there any significant historical events or milestones in our family's history?

Grandparent’s early years

1. Where did you grow up?

2. How many siblings did you have when you were growing up?

3. Can you describe your home?

4. Can you describe what daily life was like for your family when you were growing up? How is it different from life today?

5. Who were you closest to in your family?

6. Can you recall any memorable family gatherings or celebrations from your younger days?

7. Did you have a pet?

8. What music did you like as a teenager?

9. What were your hobbies?

10. What are some games or sports that you played during your early years??

11. What was the most important lesson your parents taught you?

Grandparent’s adult life

1. What was your first job?

2. Did you change jobs later and what was it?

3. How did you meet your spouse?

4. What was your wedding like?

5. Where was the first home you lived in after you were married? What was the home like?

6. What made you choose each of your children’s names?

7. What were some of the favourite things you did with your children?

8. What were some festive meals you had with your family?

9. What holidays did your family celebrate?

10. What are your favorite holiday traditions?

11. What’s your favorite family recipe? When was the last time you made it?

Enjoy the shared experience as grandparents share their stories – not only will lasting connections be formed, but ties will be strengthened and a legacy passed on that can be a cherished memory that enriches all involved.